Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 235

Show 235 – April 30, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Rambling

Story 1

Apple Working on AR/VR Headset With 8K Displays and No Smartphone or Computer Tether according to MacRumors

Apple is working on a powerful headset that will support both augmented reality and virtual reality applications, according to an inside source that spoke to CNET. 

Instead, it would connect to a “dedicated box” using a high-speed short-range wireless technology called 60GHz WiGig. The box would be powered by a custom 5-nanometer Apple processor that’s “more powerful than anything currently available” and similar to the custom chips that Apple will use in future Macs. At the current time, the box resembles a PC tower, but it “won’t be an actual Mac computer.”

Users will not need to install special cameras in a room to detect their location as with some available VR headsets. All of the technology will be built into the headset and the box.


Story 2

RIP AirPort Base Stations: Why Apple is exiting the Wi-Fi router business

AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule will continue to be sold while supplies last but then Apple is done with the router business… at least for now.

Update: Apple has shared a new support document offering tips on choosing a Wi-Fi router to use with Apple devices. The company recommends a router that offerrs 802.11ac, dual-band support, WPA2 Personal encryption, and MIMO or MU-MIMO.


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Story 3

72% of Enterprise Employees Choose Macs Over PCs, 75% Pick iOS Devices Over Android

Among enterprise organizations that allow employees to choose their equipment of choice, Apple is becoming an increasingly popular choice, according to new survey information shared this morning by Apple IT management platform Jamf. 

52 percent of enterprise organisations let employees choose their computers, while 49 percent let employees choose their mobile devices.  

According to employees, the ability to choose their operating systems and devices of choice makes them more productive. 68 percent said choice improves productivity, and 77 percent said they’re more likely to stay with a company that offers device choice.


Story 4

Apple Maps

On April 26 Indoor airport maps for Edinburgh (EDI), Sydney International (SYD) & Hamad International (DOH) in Doha, Qatar were added.

Apple’s airport maps let people search for gates, bathrooms, security checkpoints, and other points of interest. Users can also get details on businesses operating in a terminal, and ask for on-foot navigation using Apple’s indoor positioning technology.

You get to see inside the terminal by using pinch to zoom.


Story 5

iTunes for Windows available for download from Microsoft Store

Fulfilling promises made nearly a year ago, Apple on Thursday released iTunes for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store, ensuring compatibility with the latest Windows 10 S devices.



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Story 6 – Australian based story

Apple GiveBack

Reading from the Apple site, Turn the device you have into the one you want.

Trade in your eligible device and you could receive an Apple Store Gift Card.1 If it’s not eligible for credit, we’ll recycle it for free. No matter the model or condition, we can turn it into something good for you and good for the planet.

And from 19 April to 30 April, we’ll make a donation to Conservation International for every device we receive — getting us even closer to leaving the world better than we found it.

Select your device to get started.

Our partners will tell you if it has trade-in value or if it’s ready to recycle.

You then choose from four boxes to get started with values of “Up to A$470 for Smartphone, Up to A$370 for Tablet and Up to A$210 for Watch.


Story 7

Analysts say market is panicking ahead of Apple’s earnings report on Tuesday

Apple is due to report its fiscal Q2 2018 (calendar Q1) earnings on Tuesday (US time), and analysts are nervous – both about what the company might report for the quarter, and what it may project for the current one.

Recent falls in the share price were the result of Wall Street entering ‘full panic mode’ according to one firm …

Persistent reports of poor iPhone X sales this quarter have driven concern. This has led to nervousness about the tech sector as a whole when the NYSE FANG+ Index took a hit a month ago. The index tracks ten global tech giants, Apple among them, and experienced its worst-ever one-day drop in March.

Weak guidance by Apple chipmaker TSMC heightened fears, as did a report suggesting that Apple’s plan to use LG as a secondary supplier of OLED screens for this year’s iPhones is now in doubt. This could limit Apple’s options to be as competitive on price as it would like, or else hit margins.

And a Reuters roundup reveals that although there has been a big jump in the number of analysts recommending to hold rather than buy AAPL, up from eight in January to 14 today, none recommend selling.

Apple’s guidance calls for revenue of between US$60B and US$62B, so that will be the key number to watch on Tuesday.

How to 1

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This week in Apple History

1976: Apple is formed

1996: Apple announced it expected to suffer a US$700M loss in the current quarter. 

How to 2

This is not an advert

This week I started using an app called Macs Fan Control.  When you replace a HDD in iMacs since 2012 with non-Apple hardware you would also have to install a temp sensor cable, about $70 extra.  Since discovering that Macs Fan Control actually reads the temp sensor on SSDs and HDDs, this is something SMC Fan Control does not do, and will adjust fan speed based on their temperature. And it also works in Boot Camped Windows machines.

Free to use or US$14.95 to buy

A couple of late stories

Apple To Abandon Massive iPhone Feature

The reason is Apple’s introduction of new display construction technology called the ‘CGS’ (Cover Glass Sensor) process. CGS separates the touch sensor from the display allowing Apple to reduce weight, cut costs and increase durability but it is incompatible with 3D Touch.

Apple Podcasts platform hits 50 billion downloads, over 500k shows now available

Apple has made several improvements to its Podcasts app and service over the last year, and while features may still lack in comparison to popular third-party apps like Overcast, it’s hard to deny the sheer size of Apple’s podcast platform. Now, Fast Company reports that Apple Podcasts has passed a notable milestone in downloads and streams…

The report says that in March of 2018, Apple Podcasts hit 50 billion all-time episode downloads and streams. That’s a massive increase from the 13.7 billion it sat at in 2017. These numbers include both downloads in iTunes and the Podcasts app, as well as streams.

As content has grown, so has the fanbase:

In 2014, there were 7 billionpodcast downloads.
In 2016, that number jumped to 10.5 billion.
In 2017, it jumped to 13.7 billion episode downloads and streams, across Podcasts and iTunes.
In March 2018, Apple Podcasts passed 50 billion all-time episode downloads and streams.

How to switch on the awesome new Gmail interface

Gmail’s sweet new interface is rolling out to users. It offers the familiar simple text-based interface from the Gmail you all know and “love,” but it manages to be both less messy, and more useful. If you want to take it for a spin, then switching it on is easy.

To activate the new-look Gmail, just log into your Gmail account, and then click the little cog settings icon:

If the redesign is available to you, you’ll see Try the new Gmail at the top of this menu. Click this and enjoy all the new features of the redesign. Don’t like the new design? Then your best bet is to take to Twitter and Facebook, and write post after angry post about how Google has “lost touch,” and is “doomed.”

Just kidding. You can just go back to the old Gmail instead. Do this at any time by clicking the same settings menu and picking Go back to classic Gmail from the list.

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